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Mandybill: All the Commons drama

Live TV and internet coverage allowed the nation to feel grubby as the Mandybill was shunted through the House of Commons late last night. The government’s replacement for Clause 18 – a catch-all illiberal web-blocking measure that few in the music business ever expected to survive – was approved, and the photographers cemented a spectacular victory by crushing the orphan works clause.
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Leaked details on HP iPad challenger reveal tight fight

Hewlett-Packard's Slate will be close to Apple's iPad in many regards except one: It'll be a lot cheaper at the high end, according to an apparently leaked HP slide.
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Photogs sue Google over Book Search culture grab

The American Society of Media Photographers has sued Mountain View over Google Book Search, the library-scanning project that's already the subject of an unusually controversial lawsuit from American authors and publishers.
Cade Metz, 08 2010
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Think you can’t teach an old business UC tricks?

UC Unified Communications (UC) fixes fragmented workplace communications, right? But if businesses implement UC and carry on working in pretty much the same way as before (albeit more efficiently), they are probably missing a trick or two.
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IT pay is up for temps and perms

Recruitment agencies in the UK have seen the fastest rise in job placements this month at any time in the last 12 years.
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Asus Home Server TS Mini

Review Pitched as a competitor against the likes of the Acer’s easyStore line of Windows Home Server-based Nas boxes, Asus brings us the TS Mini home server. Based on Intel’s 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor, the TS Mini can be configured with up to 2GB of 800MHz DDR 2 memory and houses two 3.5in Sata drive bays.
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NetApp buys small, large storage specialist

NetApp is buying Bycast, a relative unknown. But there's more to this privately-held object storage developer than meets the eye.
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German group urges boycott over Facebook privacy shake-up

A German consumer group is urging surfers to ditch Facebook in protest over proposed privacy changes, AFP reports.
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Tories drop opposition to UK.gov DNA plans

The Conservatives have dropped their opposition to the government's planned changes to the National DNA Database for fear of being branded soft on crime in the run-up to the election.
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Samsung squeaks ahead with Spinpoint MP4

Samsung has claimed a momentary notebook hard drive lead with a 640GB Spinpoint MP4 spinning at 7200rpm.
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Apple patent shows iPhone ruling the home

Apple has patented using an NFC-equipped iPhone to set up links between electronic devices, hinting at how the company sees the future of the living room and its part there.
Bill Ray, 08 2010
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Guy Kewney dies at 63

RIP Veteran technology writer Guy Kewney died this morning.
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Unofficial Windows 7 SP1 beta stumbles onto interwebs

A beta copy of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has apparently been leaked onto some Torrent sites.
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ICBM lifts Europe's ice-sniffing sat

The European Space Agency's Cryosat-2 launched today atop a converted SS18 intercontinental ballistic missile from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome.
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Motorola provides SIM condom for child protection

Motorola will be providing wraparound covers for SIMs, enabling parents to control who their children speak to and when at the click of a mouse.
Bill Ray, 08 2010

Administrator access: Right or privilege?

Workshop Here’s a story, which may or may not be true. A long, long time ago, a UNIX sys admin was having a problem with some of his users, who thought it was really funny to download explicit photos from the then still-fledgling Internet and pop them up on other people’s screens.
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England fails to make World Cup 3D screening draw

England fans will not get to see their favourite World Cup team in 3D unless the players reach the group winners' matches.
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UKIP suspends Scouse candidate over sado smut movies

While the Lib Dems may have no qualms about running Anna Arrowsmith, a maker of serious female-oriented porn as a candidate in Gravesham, Kent, UKIP are having some difficulty swallowing the notion that one of their candidates may have been involved at the sharp end of smut-making.
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Bank insider charged over ATM malware scam

An IT worker at Bank of America has been charged with hacking ATM systems so that machines handed out cash without recording his transactions, IDG reports.
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Guy Kewney, pioneer, guru, friend - RIP

RIP When I first met Guy Kewney, who died early this morning after a long struggle with cancer, he was already firmly established as star columnist at Personal Computer World - then, and for years to come, the UK's flagship IT publication. Until he started working for The Register a couple of years back, that was one of the few occasions when we found ourselves working on the same team.
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Dell Latitude Z

Review If you want a laptop to impress, then a likely choice is a high-end MacBook rather than an amorphous black box Windows notebook, that looks about as cool as a fridge-freezer. With admiring glances in mind, is Dell's Inspiron Latitude Z, a machine the company is heralding as the thinnest and most stylish 16in laptop around.
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O2 tops broadband customer satisfaction poll

O2 has been rated Britain's best broadband provider, but the scores tell a different story.
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HP's Memristor tech - better than flash?

HP will claim today to have pushed Memristor technology to equal the switching speed and endurance shown by current NAND flash cells.
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Microsoft sorry over quiet Office Mobile 2010 beta kill date

Microsoft has apologised to Windows Mobile 6.5 users this week after it killed a beta of Office Mobile 2010 some had been running on their devices.
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Mandybill: It ain't over yet

Updated It’s a bit premature to declare winners and losers from the Digital Economy Bill just yet. The Open Rights Group may have given up campaigning – having already turned its front page into a giant click-through recruitment poster* - but the fight's not over. The legislation may yet fall.
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Brown promises no change to basic tax rate

Prime minister Gordon Brown said there will be no rise in the basic rate of 20 per cent tax should Labour win the election.
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Nokia launches DRM-free Comes With Music

Nokia is to launch its Comes With Music service in China, without Windows DRM, for the first time.
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Matrix actor site stages defacement spat

Rival hackers are duking it out on the site of Matrix actor Harry Lennix.
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Microsoft preps first Exchange Server 2010 service pack

Microsoft dished up details of its first service pack for Exchange Server 2010 yesterday.
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High Court: Moderate user comments and you're liable

A blog owner can avoid liability for user-generated content that appears on his site without being checked or moderated, the High Court has ruled. But fixing the spelling or grammar in users' posts could lose him that protection, it said.
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IBM raids Oracle-Sun hardware channel

IBM has been chasing customers using Sun Microsystems' Sparc-based servers for more than a decade. Now that Sun is part of the much-stronger Oracle collective, Big Blue is trying a different tactic - going after the channel partners who distribute Sun systems.
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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx turns back on Yahoo! search switcheroo

Ubuntu coders have abandoned plans to shift the next iteration of their popular distro to Yahoo! as the default search engine within Firefox and instead will stick with Google after all.
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Bloggers sight upgraded IBM DS8700 on the horizon

IBM is expected to announce an upgrade to its DS8700 storage array product at SNW next week.
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LG names 15in OLED TV UK release date

Sony may be stepping away from the world of OLED TVs, but that hasn't stopped LG announcing it will release a 15in model later this month.
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BBFC logos to vanish from future games releases

The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (Elspa) has wrested the classification of videogames away from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
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Adobe Reader security updater to be unveiled next week

Under criticism for applications that are hard to patch, Adobe Systems next week will unveil a mechanism that automatically downloads and installs security updates for its widely used PDF programs.
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Microsoft media server beams direct to iPad

Flash is blocked from Apple's iPad and iPhones, but Adobe rival Microsoft is getting a foot in the door of sorts, with a media server used to stream content for its Silverlight player.
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Citrix buys stake in virtual desktopper

Citrix Systems has just bought a little insurance in its ongoing battle against VMware and others over virtualizing corporate desktops by investing in a startup called Kaviza.
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Apple rumored to put beefy iPad on diet

Apple is planning a smaller version of the iPad that could arrive as soon as the first quarter of 2011, according to a research analyst citing sources among Apple's upstream component suppliers.
Cade Metz, 08 2010
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iPhone 4.0: iAds, multitasking, and 98 tweaks

When announcing iPhone OS 4.0, Steve Jobs said that Apple has "no plans to become a worldwide ad agency" - but it appears that he's planning to do just that. Jobs' goal: to get one billion ad impressions per day by the end of the year.
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Forrester calls time on IT downturn

Forrester Research today upped its forecasts for spending on IT wares this year, thanks in large part to a slightly faster recovery in the United States than the market prognosticators expected when they did their initial projections back in January.